Additionally, the company has rolled out a new feature to lock recording, which enables users to record without pressing the button down.
WhatsApp, the most popular instant messaging app in the world, has taken the lead by regularly adding new features on its app across Android and iOS.
When users tap on a YouTube link in a conversation they no longer have to leave the app in order to watch it. However, Android has finally caught up and it made things easier for them.
Talking about the first feature, if someone sends you a YouTube video link and if you click it, then the video will be opened in WhatsApp chat itself, rather than opening the YouTube app separately.
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WhatsApp has over 1.2 billion monthly active users worldwide.
The update certainly helps in terms convenience as you no longer have to go back and forth switching between apps to watch videos. Besides, phones that have limited RAM and older processors may not be powerful enough to handle multiple actions at once and will painfully slow down annoying most users to the core. "With picture-in-picture, you can also keep watching the video while you navigate to another chat", states the App Store description. "When recording a voice message, just swipe up to lock recording so that you can continue to record without keeping your finger down".
The latest update can also help you record long messages easily. The app is now only available for download on Android platform and Apple users might have to wait a little longer before an iOS rollout. These features have been spotted by WABetaInfo in the new WhatsApp version number 2.17.81 for iPhone that is available in the App Store with the changes mentioned in the What's New section.
It may noted that WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will allow users to switch between voice and video calls amidst an ongoing voice call.